Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits. 💪🏼
Setting a running goal of 2018 kms in the year 2018 scared the shit out of me and with a lot of Patience, Discipline and Consistency I managed. Exactly a year after, having run 1000 kms more in 2019, I feel on top of the world. It is true, good things come to those who work for it and I’m so-so proud of myself. 🤗 ⠀ In 2019, I was actively running for 234 out of 365 days, on the roads in Pune, Mumbai (and Berlin) covering a total distance of 3021 kms in around 267 hours and 1 minute. 🏃🏻♂️ ⠀ I burnt a total of 157634 calories by just running. That’s an average of 674 calories per run for 234 days of running, and an average of 432 calories per day in the calendar year. 🤭😅 ⠀ 2019 was a GREAT year for me and I’m sure you had a FANTASTIC one too, so here’s a HIGH 10 x 3 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 ⠀ Set your goals for 2020 now and let me know how you plan on achieving them. Let’s DREAM together and set our GOALS on fire. 🔥🔥 ⠀
⠀ P.S. The distance between your DREAMS and REALITY is called ACTION. ⠀
Now is the time to reflect on your running in 2019 (and prior years) and think about what’s next for the year to come.
A month from now entire Mumbai will be back on the roads running or supporting the 17th edition of Tata Mumbai Marathon. The excitement and the spirit of Mumbai is something to run for.
But before I move forward, I’m taking an intentional look back. I did the same thing last year and it really helped me achieve my PRs 2019.
However, in contrast to last year, where I simply analysed my races. This year, I have answered the three essential questions to help explore my growth, lessons learnt and experiences that shaped my year.
1️⃣ What did I accomplish this year—big and small, planned and unplanned?
Big Goals that I saw to the finish line.
• A sub 3:30 Marathon – not once, but twice (Mumbai and Berlin).
• First International Marathon (Berlin)
• First World Major Marathon (Berlin)
Small but mighty wins that made me feel powerful.
• I became a Vegan 🌱 in January 2019. Been almost a year now and I feel so happy, strong and guilt free 😃
• 5K, 10K & HM PRs
• Discovered Yoga 🧘🏻♂️ and it’s physical + mental benefits. How it kept me injury free and helped maintain a positive mindset throughout the year. Especially during Berlin Marathon Training where I was running 100 kms week after week.
2️⃣ How did I challenge myself to grow this year?
• Advanced Marathoning – with more mileage per week. A lot of slow and long running. Touching almost 380-400 kms in back to back months.
• In 2019, I did not just run, I supplemented my running with a lot of Bodyweight training and Yoga practice.
It was difficult to clock high mileage, and at the same time not miss any Bodyweight or Yoga sessions. Not to forget I’m a Consultant and I have a work life too. 🤭
3️⃣ What did I learn?
Don’t just run. Cross-Train too. If you want to have a strong body, recover quickly and at the same time feel good about it mentally, you must concentrate on your overall fitness levels. You must exercise and build overall strength.
Try and include Weight / Bodyweight training, Yoga, Cycling or Swimming. Do breathing exercises daily or thrice a week to get all the mental benefits it has to offer.
You’ve collected wins all year whether you realised them or not. Savor the success – doing so fills us with positive emotions, motivates us, and keeps us strong in tough times.
Look back at all you made it happen and be proud.
Remember this. You achieve great things each and every year. Carry that positivity with you into 2020, and let it motivate you to achieve a lot more.